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Democrats Settle on 2 Charges Against Trump

Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple reports
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2019 4:52 AM CST
Updated Dec 10, 2019 6:21 AM CST
Lights shine on the US Capitol dome, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, after the House Judiciary Committee heard investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – House Democrats are on course to impeach President Trump by Christmas, with a big announcement expected Tuesday morning. Sources tell the New York Times that the House Judiciary Committee worked through the night Monday to prepare articles of impeachment to be unveiled at a 9am news conference by Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders. The sources say the articles will charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. "A lot of us believe that what happened with Ukraine especially is not something we can just close our eyes to," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel said, per the AP, after leaving a meeting of committee chairmen at Pelosi's office late Monday.

The meeting followed a daylong House Judiciary Committee hearing in which Trump's conduct was described as a "clear and present danger" to national security. Pelosi said Monday night that no final decision had been made, the Washington Post reports. "You think I’m going to tell you the articles of impeachment?" she said to reporters. “We're in a place where our members, our leadership of our committees of jurisdiction have now gotten the last input," she said. "They'll make a determination, a recommendation as to how we will go forward and what the articles will be." Sources tell Politico that the House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the articles Thursday, which will be followed by a vote on the House floor to impeach Trump. (Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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